The summer solstice has come and gone and it seems it’s taken the weather with it. But Canterbury is doing its best to keep the vibrancy of summer alive with a bright range of casualwear.
Canterbury has a deep rooted rugby heritage, harking back to the early 1900s, when their kit was deemed sturdy enough to be worn by the ANZAC in World War One and taken on by rugby clubs as a result. The brand’s involvement in rugby has grown further since the All Blacks first donned the famous logo, the silhouettes of three kiwi birds, shortly after.
Now the brand supplies kit to a number of the world’s leading international and club teams including 2007 RWC Champions South Africa, 2013 Aviva Premiership winners Leicester Tigers and, of course, the mighty Red Rose!
Off the field the new ‘Black Label’ casual range for Spring/Summer 2013 is far from ‘black’ – it’s a colourful collection of smart casual clothing with a few traditional rugby emblems thrown in for good measure.
It’s the subtleties that really make some of these pieces too though. Canterbury’s ‘Uglies’ concept derives from stitching together scraps of material to make unique, multi-coloured garments and there are hints of this tradition on inner linings and collars as well as cuff and button detailing, creating vibrant juxtapositions across the range.
A variety of jackets, hoodies, shirts, rugby jerseys, polos, tees and chinos means all bases are covered…
For a relaxed collegiate feel, chose the Domec Hoody, in red and navy and finished with an embroidered crest, and the Hadley Tee, which features the Kiwi emblem prominently across the chest.
If you’re looking for a slightly smarter option go for the Sumner Chinos, coupled with a plain Clinton Shirt or chequered Waller Shirt, both made of 100% yarn cotton.
And if the sun does actually come out again, Canterbury has that covered too. Chose the Higgerson Shorts in beige and the Morath Henley Tee, which has the Uglies collar lining with button-up front and a quartered Harlequin design detail.